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Union Street Rly. RPO - 1:87 Scale
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 Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2020 11:52 am
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This weekend I planned to finish some projects,
that clutter my workbench for days.... months.... years.

Instead, I pulled a model from the display cabinet and started to paint it....
HA! a quick job! instant satisfaction! 
Or so.... 

The object of my foolishness, a tiny RPO by Fomras,
prototype is preserved at the Shore Line Trolley Museum.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/billonthehill2001/37023132355/

The model is done much better than all those trolley models from the dark ages....
Fine tooth, brass gears....  high level of detail.... all wheel drive, and all wheel pickup.

Wasn't very enthusiastic about decorating it according to prototype....  
Have enough green cars, and New England definitely isn't the area I want to model.

So out came the rattle can, and she got a coat of fine gray primer.... 
Then, I dug out a bottle of Model Master yellow, which looked similar to my usual yellow.

Very good, achieved a nice finish with very little paint.
This was Saturday. 





Now for the bad part... 

Sunday I tried to run her on DC with jumper wires. 
Both trucks were frozen.

Disassembled both with VERY tiny screws.
There were four intermediate gears, that were stuck on their respective shafts.
 
A pain to get them out.

After some fiddling, and new silicone tubes for the drive shafts, she ran ok then.
She was in top condition when I bought her in 1997 from Caboose Hobbies, Wolcott.

I also noticed that the wires were very stiff,
so replaced them, so the trucks will swing freely again.




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 Posted: Tue Mar 31st, 2020 08:58 am
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Update....

Decorated her in the Central California Traction scheme...
In my humble opinion, the best looking ever, for interurban box motors.

Also added LEDs.

Why are all those trolley lights, solid castings,
which get loose when drilling a hole in them ?

:bang:

Safety bars to protect the windows of the baggage door.

And of course a decoder.







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